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1.0 out of 5 stars Lack of research, 4 May 2014
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This review is from: Meeting the Fox: The Allied Invasion of Africa, from Operation Torch to Kasserine Pass to Victory in Tunisia (Hardcover)
Although the book provides interesting accounts of the experience of some US officers during Torch and the Tunisian campaign it doesn't hold up as history. For example on p180 Kelly states 'This paucity of accurate intelligence is puzzling.The Allies had managed to obtain one of the Germans' Enigma machines ....But if any of this secret information was shared with the commanders on the ground in Tunisia, General Anderson and his aides persisted in a fatal misunderstanding of the enemy intentions' - Whereas in fact the problem was an over reliance by Eisenhower's G2 on ULTRA intercepts that indicated the Axis attack would come at Fondouk. As for Kelly's statement on p108 'The German defence was greatly aided , too, by a decision made by the British after WW1. The British infantry had been ordered to turn in their heavy Vickers machine guns and replace them with lighter weapons.' - What is he talking about? The British in WW2 normally had a machine gun battalion in each infantry division equipped with Vickers machine guns. With these and other errors one cannot take any statement in the book at face value - If there is a 'fatal misunderstanding' it is Kelly's misunderstanding of the Tunisian campaign.
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